The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to require better gas mileage for cars and trucks and tougher rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposal is expected to increase vehicle fuel efficiency by about 5 percent annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 950 million metric tons.
The new standards call for the auto industry’s fleet of new vehicles to average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.
“This marks a significant advance in our work to protect health and the environment and move our nation to a sustainable economy in the future,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said.
In regard to protecting our health, neither the administration nor Jackson has released an estimated number for the tens of thousands of additional deaths from auto accidents caused by the dinky little tin and plastic cars the automobile manufacturers will be forced to make.
A 1999 analysis of crash data and estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that, in the years since CAFE standards were mandated under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, about 46,000 people have died in crashes that they would have survived if they had been traveling in bigger, heavier cars.
This translates into 7,700 deaths for every mile per gallon gained by the standards.